The Trust’s perinatal mental health team has been accredited for its quality service by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Following a rigorous review process, the team has successfully achieved accreditation in line with the Perinatal Quality Network (PQN) Community Standards.
Reviewers felt that the staff in the service were hardworking and passionate; and were particularly impressed by the service’s drive towards collecting patient feedback and using measures in a meaningful way.
In order to achieve the accreditation, the team completed a self-review in which they rated their practices against The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ standards. This was followed by an accreditation review, where reviewers heard about the service through interviews with frontline staff, patients, family members, and partner agencies.
At the end of the review, the review team provided feedback to the service on their achievements and areas for improvement.
Service manager Claire Lowe said: “We are really proud to have achieved accreditation from The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Everyone in the team works so hard to support mums and their babies in what can be an extremely vulnerable time in their lives. To have our efforts recognised by such a well-respected organisation means a lot to the whole team.
“We will use the feedback we received to continue to improve our service and make sure that mums and their babies get the highest standard of care when they come to us.”